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Illinois enacts nation's final concealed-gun law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The last holdout on allowing the public possession of concealed guns, Illinois joined the rest of the nation Tuesday as lawmakers raced to beat a federal court deadline in adopting a carry law over Gov. Pat Quinn's objections.

July 10, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Criminal probe in Quebec oil train derailment

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) - Canadian authorities said they have opened a criminal investigation into the fiery wreck of a runaway oil train in this small town as the death toll climbed to 15, with dozens more bodies feared buried in the burned-out ruins.

July 10, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Documents: Hernandez fired shots

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) - An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez said he was told Hernandez fired the shots that resulted in the death of a semi-pro football player, according to documents filed in Florida.

July 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt pushes transition, naming prime minister

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's military-backed interim leader named a new prime minister and won $8 billion in promises of aid from wealthy Arab allies in the Gulf on Tuesday in moves aimed at stabilizing a political transition less than a week after the army deposed the Islamist president.

July 10, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


San Diego County fire continues to threaten homes

JULIAN, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire that burned more than 100 cabins at a Shriners camp in San Diego County continued to threaten 120 rural homes, but it was appearing to calm down, officials said.

July 10, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


NTSB: Pilots relied on automatic speed control

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) - The pilots of Asiana Flight 214 relied on automated cockpit equipment to control the jetliner's speed as they landed at San Francisco airport, but realized too late they were flying too low and too slow before the aircraft crashed, investigators said Tuesday.

July 10, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Giant sequoia tree smoldering for more than a year

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - An ancient giant sequoia has been smoldering for more than a year in Sequoia National Park, with the small fire even surviving a full Sierra Nevada winter, National Park Service officials said.

July 09, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Missing autistic Calif. boy sought amid high heat

MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) - Officials pledged to keep scouring a sun-scorched area of Southern California near Lake Elsinore on Tuesday until they find an autistic 11-year-old boy who was last seen at his home during the weekend.

July 09, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


3 LA County firefighters hurt in warehouse blaze

INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) - Three firefighters were injured while battling flames that consumed a block-long, abandoned Southern California warehouse in a three-hour firefight.

July 09, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews burn brush near homes in Vegas-area wildfire

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Fire crews are burning away undergrowth within a quarter-mile of homes to protect woodsy hamlets in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas from a wildfire that has charred an area nearly the size of Manhattan.

July 09, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Largest Nev. fires still growing near Vegas, Reno

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Fire crews worked Tuesday to stop two large Nevada wildfires advancing through rugged mountain areas, including one billowing smoke visible from downtown Las Vegas and another southwest of Reno.

July 09, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dozens feared dead in Quebec oil train derailment

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) - Blackened debris, twisted metal and gas leaks hampered rescue workers' search for perhaps dozens of bodies Tuesday, three days after a runaway oil train smashed into this small lakeside town and incinerated much of its downtown.

July 09, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP redistricting skills may hurt immigration push

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans' knack for congressional redistricting helps them control the U.S. House, but it may be working against them on immigration changes that national GOP leaders see as critical to the next presidential election.

July 09, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Service honors 19 Hotshots killed in Arizona fire

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Thousands of firefighters from around the nation are paying their final respects at a memorial for 19 members of an elite Arizona Hotshot crew killed in a wildfire June 30.

July 09, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Confusion over Snowden asylum offer

MOSCOW (AP) - The net of rumors and uncertainties over NSA leaker Edward Snowden deepened Tuesday when a prominent Russian lawmaker tweeted that Snowden had accepted Venezuela's offer of political asylum, then deleted the posting a few minutes later.

July 09, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Teen charged as adult in Philly school shooting

Police charged a boy with aggravated assault and related crimes on Saturday in connection with a shooting that wounded two students inside a Philadelphia high school gymnasium, but released a second boy from custody without charging him.

January 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Nyong'o and Leto win SAG awards

Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto established themselves as Oscar favorites with supporting acting wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

January 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mayor: Christie aides tied Sandy funds to project

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Christie administration withheld millions of dollars in Superstorm Sandy recovery grants from a New Jersey city because its mayor refused to sign off on a politically connected commercial development, the mayor said Saturday.

January 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


As LA-area fire wanes, dangerous conditions remain

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire in the suburbs of Los Angeles was a smoldering shadow of its former self, but hundreds of residents of a foothill neighborhood remained evacuated and extremely dangerous fire conditions were expected to last well into Saturday.

January 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California nut farmers band together to fight theft

ESCALON, Calif. (AP) - The soaring value of California's nut crops is attracting a new breed of thieves who have been making off with the pricey commodities by the truckload, recalling images of cattle rustlers of bygone days.

January 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama tightens reins on surveillance programs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tightening the reins on the nation's sweeping surveillance operations, President Barack Obama on Friday ordered new limits on the way intelligence officials access phone records from hundreds of millions of Americans - and moved toward eventually stripping the massive data collection from the government's hands.

January 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Horse slaughter blocked by federal law

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The resumption of commercial horse slaughter in the U.S. was blocked Friday as President Barack Obama signed a budget measure that withholds money for required federal inspections of the slaughtering process.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Gravity,' '12 Years' win big at Critics' Choice

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Gravity" soared with a record-setting seven Critics' Choice Awards, but "12 Years a Slave" was named best picture.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Drug charges dropped for Calif. treasurer's wife

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County judge has dismissed drug charges against the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Colby Fire evacuation to be lifted at 4 p.m.

On 01/17/2014 at 4:00 PM, residents who reside in the areas between Yucca Ridge and Ranch Road, Crystal Canyon Condo Complex and Mirador Housing Tract may return to their residences.

January 17, 2014 | Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department | Signal AP


UPDATE: 2 Philadelphia high school students shot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A boy and a girl hanging out with a group of fellow students in a high school gym were shot and wounded Friday afternoon, and up to three other boys may have been involved in their shooting, police said.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Helen Mirren earns Harvard's Hasty Pudding award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren said that given her love of pudding of all kinds, she's thrilled to be named woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope defrocks 400 priests in 2 years

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children.

January 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California's newest city votes to start disbanding

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - California's youngest city has moved closer to disbanding over financial troubles after the state shifted crucial revenue away from municipal coffers.

January 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NJ's pigskin-picking camel dies before Super Bowl

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's pigskin-prognosticating camel has died just weeks before the state is set to host its first Super Bowl.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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